Lion Heart

My POD (Poem Of the Day)

~I come with the comet
A priestess in the thought-skin of the Lion
Spreading the roaring depth of myself out
Before gods & demons
To let them study me…& I Them…
My ripened body is a rolled papyrus
Tied with red string that holds no pretense
Glow worms hide in the folds of my scroll
I am washed & ready for the new turning
Flashing with the hygienic iron-dust of shooting stars
Reborn in the cradle of my blood

And so as the Perseid’s peak, Venus comes into conjunction in front of the Leo-Sun, rising with scintillating Sirus, I attempt an ongoing digestion from Seminar 4 of the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP): Who Am I ? – The Search for Identity & Authenticity. The 3rd Septennial – age 14-21. Here is Part 1.

In our 1st session with Dr. James Dyson he referenced Rudolf Steiner’s “Bridge Lectures,” a lead-in to the meditative instructions for deepening the art of healing given later during the Christmas Conference in 1923; followed by 5 lectures given at Easter, 1924. This was a very special course for medical students & young physicians on the Humanizing of Medicine.

Motivated to understand the astral body I found this quote inspiring:

“…So far as knowledge of the astral body is concerned, you learn far more when you can apply the laws of music. From music you learn an enormous amount about the forming of the human organism, how this process of formation develops out of the astral body. Inasmuch as the human being is organized for movement, for activity, he is built up, in reality, like a musical scale. Here (back of the shoulders) begins the tonic; then it passes over into the second, then into the third in the lower arms, where there are two bones because there are two thirds. This brings you to truths quite different from those which are considered nowadays to pertain to a real knowledge of the human being and quite a different course of teaching would really be necessary for one who is approaching medicine in the true sense…”

~Rudolf Steiner, COURSE FOR YOUNG DOCTORS, The “Bridge” Lectures, GA 202, III. The Path to Freedom and Love and Their Significance in World Happenings, Dornach, 19th December, 1920

This meditative verse holds many insights:

“Schau, was kosmisch sich fügt:
Du empfindest Menschengestaltung.

Schau, was luftig dich bewegt:
Du erlebest Menschenbeseelung.

Schau, was irdisch sich wandelt:
Du erfassest Menschendurchgeistung.

Look what cosmically fits:
You feel human design.

Look what moves you in the air:
You experience human inspiration.

Look what is changing on earth:
You grasp human spirituality.

~Rudolf Steiner, COURSE FOR YOUNG DOCTORS, Easter Course, GA 316, Lecture II, Dornach, 22nd April, 1924

Tess George

SUN in LEO Brings COMPASSION & FREEDOM (Opposite: Hearltessness)

Today the Sun enters the sign of the Lion, reaching again the maximum of light & heat. Open your noble heart – vital & burning with passion & compassion, shining like gold upon the sea of ripening worlds. The wise king, the good father, the Savior. Our Day-Star shining the Kingdom come.

Balance & openness belong to our heart – Not to our cold & bright head, enclosed in the skull. Not even to our dark hot limbs, radiating from the body. They belong to the heart region—to the center—where the head opens down into the spine & the ribs curve into a protective embrace.

~El Greco

I have made it my intention in working with Mary Magdalene to bring the 12 virtues to bear as I meet the 7 demons, so that I may transform them as Christ’s Companion Mary did.

In contemplating this month’s virtue, I had the thought this morning to connect the heart point from the many 7’s – seen in the #4 position of the 7 (see the many correspondances here ) to clarify & strengthen this healing process.

For instance-

In the list of the 7 Demons or 7 ‘Deadly Sins’, #4 is: Lethal Jealousy – Envy / Goodwill

In the 7 Life Processes Sorting

Adult Learning Processes – Individualizing

7 Layers of Will – Motive

7 layers of Cognition – Discernment

7 Planets – Sun day

7 Chakras – Heart

Logic of the Heart – Witness & allow a complementary feeling to arise

7 stages of Christian Initiation – Crucifixion

7 Stages of Rosicrucian Initiation – Bringing Rhythm into Life

7 Apocalyptic Seals – The Tree of Knowledge & the Tree of Life

7 ‘I Am’ sayings of Christ – “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11–15).

Yes, friends, Today feels like a day for introspection & connection. See you between the lines


11 August 2023 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The radiant point of the Perseid shower gets fairly high in the northeast by 10 pm, so meteors become more frequent. The higher a shower’s radiant, the more meteors are seen all across the sky. ~Sky & Telescope

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day


Those who work with the Original indications in the Calendar of the Soul know that Rudolf Steiner lists the birth & death days, as well as other significant occurrences of various individualities, along with the dates in the calendar.

He said of this: “What is presented here can be useful to those who wish to follow the path of mankind’s spiritual development” ~Rudolf Steiner. This is my inspiration.

3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins

305 – Deathday of Saint Philomena, Steiner speaks of her as being a Greek priestess martyred at age 13 by Roman Emperor Diocletian.

559 – Birthday of Radegunde, Thuringian princess & Frankish queen, who founded the Abbey of the Holy Cross at Poitiers, named for holding the relic of the True Cross. Radegunde ate nothing but legumes & green vegetables, she was widely believed to have the gift of healing.

1253 –  Deathday of Saint Clare of Assisi, an Italian saint & one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi

1464 – Deathday of Nicholas of Cusa, a German philosopher, theologian, jurist, & astronomer. One of the first German proponents of Renaissance humanism, he made spiritual & political contributions in European history. A notable example of this is his mystical or spiritual writings on “learned ignorance,” as well as his participation in power struggles between Rome & the German states of the Holy Roman Empire

1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos & Deimos

1896 – Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain

1942 – Actress Hedy Lamarr & composer George Antheil receive a patent for a Frequency-hopping spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones & Wi-Fi

1956 – Deathday of Jackson Pollock

1965 – the Watts Race Riots begin in Los Angeles, California

1972 – Vietnam War: The last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam

1984 –”My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you that I just signed legislation that would outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” -Said as a joke by senile President Ronald Reagan, while running for re-election, on his weekly Saturday address on National Public Radio.

2012 – At least 1306 people are killed & 3,000 others injured in a pair of earthquakes near Tabriz, Iran

Ultra-Violet Archer – winner of the first annual Sound Opinions Music Prize


Sunday 13 August 2023 – Prep-Stir – Potluck – Bonfire –

*To celebrate The 2nd Harvest = Lammas / Lughnasdh

*The Perseid Meteor Showers, Venus (occult Mercury) /Sun Conjunction, Sirus Rising

*The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

*And a bon voyage Blessing for Ultra-Violet Archer

7 – 9 pm at the Lucchesi-Archer-Ginsberg domicile

Please Bring Food & Drink to share, & a jar for the prep


10 thoughts on “Lion Heart

    1. This lecture on the Spiritual Individuality of the Planets gives some descriptive details from the chalk board array:

      Thus, Saturn is related to the Moon, Jupiter is related to Mercury, Mars is related to Venus, and Sun is related to Earth (although not indicated on the chalkboard). This makes it imperative that Jupiter’s true relationship to Mercury be known.

      Also, the AAP Logo is interesting to read:

      AAP Logo

      Although in our courses we teach about three-fold ways of understanding the human being, also seven-fold (and four and twelve), the AAP logo has five swirls of energy, out of respect for the orbits of Venus—how Venus appears from the earth in an eight-year period forms a perfect pentagram:

      1. Hi Hazel,

        The New Isis will need the invigorating power of Jupiter and Mercury in these moments when they engage in conjunction. This occurred on March 1, 2023, in the sign of Pisces, when Jupiter and Mercury were less than one degree apart. Now, some five months later, Mercury is about to experience solar conjunction in the sign of Leo. This is important, and could become a paradigm shift in recognition. Jupiter has the relationship with Mercury, which cannot be denied, based on the Spiritual Individuality of the Planets. All we have to do is properly name the planet that stands in conjunction with Jupiter. The blackboard drawing proved that it was Mercury, and not Venus. Maybe this year we could confirm that fact. Please ask James Dyson for permission because I know from personal experience that you would love to see the New Isis emerge from her present constraints in Aquarius. Only properly acknowledging Venus as Mercury will make this possible. Dyson only needs to be made aware of what this means. He drew it on the blackboard, Hazel. Tell him about it. A paradigm shift is in the offing. The proper relationship between Jupiter and Mercury is huge, and leaving Venus to properly commune with Mars in its way. Hoping for this day to occur on August 13th, which is the day after tomorrow. Of course, tomorrow is another day, and like most days, nothing changes. Except for this day. This day represents a “new gravitas”, and I am even hearing it. Weird how silent it can be, like the 10-10 engagement.

        1. In the New Isis Myth we see that Mercury plays a part in removing her old crown. (Is Mercury acting as the Thief in alliance with Set? Or as Divine communicator?)

          The subtle yet powerfully sublime contemplation of the Synastry Between Mercury (Occult Venus) & Juipter brings an enlightenment.

          Mercury, the swift-footed messenger of the gods, ruling over communication, intellect, & reasoning – Known for its agile nature, this planet endows & sharpens the mind, bringing adaptability, & a keen sense of curiosity.

          Jupiter, the king of the gods – the largest planet in our solar system, governs knowledge, wisdom, & abundance – Its expansive & benevolent energy bestows a sense of optimism, generosity, & a desire for personal growth.

          When Mercury (Occult Venus) & Jupiter come together in synastry, perhaps we can see the result as a powerful intellectual & philosophical bond between the 2.

          This conjunction fosters a mutual respect for ideas, beliefs, & perspectives, creating a stimulating environment for learning & growth.

          The combined energies of these two planets encourage open-mindedness, allowing us to explore new realms of thought & understanding together.

          In addition to the intellectual connection, the Mercury (occult Venus)-Jupiter conjunction also promotes a sense of harmony & warmth in the relationship.

          The expressive nature of Mercury (occult Venus), combined with Jupiter’s benevolence, creates an atmosphere of open communication & genuine appreciation for one another’s viewpoints.

          This mutual understanding can lead to a feeling of spiritual kinship, allowing us to delve deeper into the beliefs & values of the other, thru shared insights.

          And that is just what you are doing Steve, by pointing-up the influences of this conjunction seen in their true form.

          This is all tied into your Natal Return which comes on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

          You bless us all

      1. In reality, it is Mercury that conjuncts with the Sun and appears to go retrograde. Please lose the Venus distinction because it will lead nowhere. Isis remains hidden until we lift her veil for the good of the Consciousness Soul age. This seems like an opportune moment in August, if it is realized. Your AAP experience makes it possible to say something about this. It was totally unexpected, which makes it all the more important. The drawing on the blackboard gave the incentive, which i am sure that James Dyson would appreciate as much as I would like the feedback. As such, Mercury comes after Venus. The lecture explains a lot, which is noteworthy.

        1. We have to make the connection otherwise folks get even more confused thinking we are misspeaking.

          Perhaps we need to re-qoute Steiner’s indications on the switch?

            1. Maybe this extract will prove useful in seeing why this switch had to take place for a time:

              “The famous unveiling of the open secret of the Copernican reversal of Mercury & Venus occurred in the 3rd lecture of ‘The Apocalypse of St. John’, by Rudolf Steiner, on 20 June 1908:“Here I come to a point where a little secret, so to say, must be unveiled, one which may only be divulged at this point. In truth if we wish to speak esoterically, as the writer of the apocalypse has done, we must speak of Mercury as the morning star. By the morning star John meant Mercury: I have given the direction towards thine `I’, to the morning star, to Mercury. – You may still find in certain books of the Middle ages, which describe the true state of affairs, that the stars of our planetary system are enumerated thus: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and then Earth is followed not as it is now by Venus, Mercury, but by the reverse, Mercury, Venus.” This reversal mentioned again on 5 September, 1908, in Egyptian Myths and Mysteries, Experiences of Initiation, Mysteries of the Planets, LECTURE 4 – The Experiences of Initiation. The Mysteries of the Planets. The Descent of the Primeval Word: “Here I would like to add one thing, because misunderstandings have crept into the naming of the planets. In all occult nomenclature, what astronomers call Venus is called Mercury, and vice versa. Astronomers know nothing of the mysteries behind this, because in the past it was not desired that the esoteric names should be revealed. This happened in order to conceal certain things.”

              It seems imperative that this should be communicated right away to people like James Dyson and Jonathan Hilton. Is that possible, because if Mercury is the Morning Star that guides the Good Ship Anthroposophy, then this interchange no longer applies. The Ptolemaic Model is to arise again with the Astrosophy that Steiner foresaw with these references. Copernicanism is being overthrown, although materialistic astronomy resists this.

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